Board of Governors

Kindergarten & Primary

John Wilson - Board Chair

John is married to Akina, who is a teacher librarian in a local high school, and daughter Ellie is in Primary, having happily attended the school since pre-nursery. John coaches mini rugby with the Flying Kukris Rugby Club and many of the players attend ICHK Primary and Secondary.

John was born in the UK and has lived in Hong Kong for 22 years, and now works in the maritime insurance industry. Previously John was a marine consultant and law firm marine investigator in Hong Kong. Prior to settling in Hong Kong, John served in the Merchant Navy for 15 years, and held a Captain’s licence, sailing the world as a deck officer, visiting ports in over 70 countries on six continents, working with and meeting people of many nationalities.

John enjoys mentoring and supporting students, and actively participates in a number of institutes and professional committees, and has organised numerous events to support various charities in Hong Kong. John wants to use his experience and energy to support the school in whatever way he can.

He is also a member of the board at ICHK Secondary.

Doug Clark

Doug Clark is the father of India who is in Year 8 at ICHK Secondary having graduated from ICHK Primary. His two sons, Kai and Ray, both attended ICHK Secondary and are at university in Australia. He also has an older daughter who works in the financial services industry.

Originally from Australia, Doug studied on exchange at high school in Kobe, Japan and at Fudan University in Shanghai. He moved to Hong Kong in 1993 before transferring to Shanghai in 2000 where he established Managing Partner of the Shanghai office of a large international law firm. He returned to Hong Kong in 2011 to commence practice as a barrister. He was previously a partner in an international law firm, Lovells, and Managing Partner of the firm’s Shanghai office. Since 2020, he has been Global Head of Dispute Resolution with intellectual property firm, Rouse.

Doug has since 2016 been the chairman of the board of the ICHK Secondary board. He joined the ICHK Kindergarten and Primary board in early 2017.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys cycling or hiking the many and varied trails around the New Territories. He has also published a number of legal texts (with titles too boring to mention) as well as a trilogy telling the history of British and American courts that previously operated in China and Japan, Gunboat Justice.

Edward Lau

Edward, married to Circle, has a four year old daughter attending Nursery class. Edward grew up in Hong Kong and received tertiary education in England. He worked and practised as an accountant in London before returning to Hong Kong to work as chief finance officer in various companies of different sizes and businesses, one of which was eventually listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Other than his every day routines including tax, accounting and auditing by his profession, Edward is currently working for his own company in business and corporate services.

Edward is a practising member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a fellow member of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong.

Toby Newton

Toby is the Head of ICHK Secondary. He has worked in senior leadership in schools since 2002, initially in London and, since 2008, in Hong Kong. He joined ICHK as Deputy Head in 2012 and acted as Head of School for a year and a half before making the move permanent in 2016.

Toby has been at the forefront of innovation around curriculum and pedagogy throughout his teaching career. He was Assistant Principal Examiner for Media Studies at AQA between 2004 to 2008, where he was responsible for developing academic and vocational courses and leading teams of examiners. While an Assistant Head in London, he wrote a new “learning to learn” course, widely feted by the local education authority, and which has been built on at his subsequent schools.

At ICHK, Toby continues this focus on developing a truly 21st century education, supportive of learning for all students in a rapidly changing world, in which qualities of character and self-belief are so central to success.

Toby has one child at the school. His daughter, Ella, is in Year 3.

Mark Tibbatts

Mark lives in Hong Lok Yuen with his wife Katy and two children Chloe and Harry, who both attend the school. Although born in UK, Mark is a permanent resident of Hong Kong and received all his early education here in the 1980s.

Mark has worked for FTSE listed PageGroup for 17 years having joined the company in UK. Since 2008 Mark has been fortunate to have been involved in the company’s expansion across the border in China and is currently Managing Director of operations in Southern China and Taiwan. He is a passionate developer of people and over the years has gained a great deal of experience building winning teams and cultures both for the company and for his clients.

At home Mark has a passion for all things outdoors. He is a keen horse rider, golfer, skier and hiker & follows as much team sport as possible!

Shay Traittel

Shay is originally from Israel, married to Sandra Traittel and has two boys, Guy and Tom, who are attending ICHK Primary.

Shay is General Manager and shareholder of Sudtech Ltd, an international manufacturer of power supply technologies. Since 2001 Shay and his partners have built an enviable reputation as leading suppliers to some of the most recognised brands in the global electronics industry. As a successful entrepreneur with decades of cutting edge engineering expertise, Shay is both a commercially astute business leader and a highly practical innovator.

Katarina Royds

Katarina and her husband Tom have 2 children in Hong Kong, with 1 daughter attending ICHK Primary, and 4 older children in Australia and Ireland.

Katarina started her career in 1996 in asset management in London before moving to Hong Kong in 2008. Today, Katarina looks after Investor Relations for BFAM Partners, a leading HK-based hedge fund. She previously helped launch and ran marketing for Senrigan Capital, then worked at Westpac’s hedge fund seeding business and represented Westpac’s interests sitting on the Board of Sydney-based fund management firm, Morphic Asset Management.

Passionate about supporting the next generation, Katarina was Co-Chair of the Education Committee and Co-Chair of the Gala Committee for the Hong Kong chapter of 100Women in Finance, a global professional networking organisation supporting women throughout all stages of their career in Finance. The annual Gala fundraisers raised over US$800,000 for locally focused charities during the 2 years Katarina served as co-Chair of the 100Women in Finance HK Gala Committee.

Dr Sammy Lee

Dr S Lee, born in Hong Kong, was brought up and has lived in the UK for over twenty years. He has a doctoral degree in IT. He has over twenty-five years of work experience in the IT related fields, over twenty of which has been based in HK.

He likes to join the school as a board member so that he can continue his passionate support, as he has been giving in recent years, in broader terms in the IT, Buildings, Staff Management and Community areas. He is currently working for a US manufacturer of cabling systems as the Country Manager for Apac, promoting his company’s products to the airport, MTR, schools, hotels and casinos to name but a few.

When he gets some quiet moments to himself, he likes to take landscape photos with old and obsolete medium format cameras, and occasionally take time off to go skiing and scuba diving.

Dean Tzembelikos

Originally from Toronto, Canada, I moved to HK back in 2002.

My wife Katrin and I met in 2007 and now have 3 children (Eve, Andrew, and Leia), one graduated from ICHK HLY, another in Year 6, and a 4 year old.

I’m an entrepreneur focused on creating children’s entertainment, specializing in IP development, manufacturing and distribution as president and owner of Kade Global.

I have been a parent at the school for 8 years, attending and participating in many on & off campus events, joining the board in 2019.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing ice hockey, doing various forms of exercise (ride mountain bikes, tennis, swimming, jogging), cooking, and ferrying children to and from practice, games, sleepovers, etc.

Secondary

Doug Clark - Board Chair

Doug Clark is the father of India who is in Year 8 at ICHK Secondary having graduated from ICHK Primary. His two sons, Kai and Ray, both attended ICHK Secondary and are at university in Australia. He also has an older daughter who works in the financial services industry.

Originally from Australia, Doug studied on exchange at high school in Kobe, Japan and at Fudan University in Shanghai. He moved to Hong Kong in 1993 before transferring to Shanghai in 2000 where he established Managing Partner of the Shanghai office of a large international law firm. He returned to Hong Kong in 2011 to commence practice as a barrister. He was previously a partner in an international law firm, Lovells, and Managing Partner of the firm’s Shanghai office. Since 2020, he has been Global Head of Dispute Resolution with intellectual property firm, Rouse.

Doug has since 2016 been the chairman of the board of the ICHK Secondary board. He joined the ICHK Kindergarten and Primary board in early 2017.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys cycling or hiking the many and varied trails around the New Territories. He has also published a number of legal texts (with titles too boring to mention) as well as a trilogy telling the history of British and American courts that previously operated in China and Japan, Gunboat Justice.

John Wilson

John is married to Akina, who is a teacher librarian in a local high school, and daughter Ellie is in Primary, having happily attended the school since pre-nursery. John coaches mini rugby with the Flying Kukris Rugby Club and many of the players attend ICHK HLY and secondary school.

John was born in the UK and has lived in Hong Kong for 22 years, and now works in the maritime insurance industry. Previously John was a marine consultant and law firm marine investigator in Hong Kong. Prior to settling in Hong Kong, John served in the Merchant Navy for 15 years, and held a Captain’s licence, sailing the world as a deck officer, visiting ports in over 70 countries on six continents, working with and meeting people of many nationalities.

John enjoys mentoring and supporting students, and actively participates in a number of institutes and professional committees, and has organised numerous events to support various charities in Hong Kong. John wants to use his experience and energy to support the school in whatever way he can.

He is also a member of the board at ICHK Kindergarten & Primary.

Emily Ngan

Emily Ngan has been a dedicated educator for more than 22 years. She is the founder and CEO of Kingston Children’s Centre, Kingston International Kindergarten and Kingston International School. Kingston was the first Authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School in Hong Kong and came into prominence through its English and Putonghua Bilingual Program in Hong Kong.

Kingston International School is one of the founding partner schools of  International College of Hong Kong and Emily has been a Board Member of ICHK since 2009.

As an ardent supporter of sports for youth, she is committed to the development of training programmes, sporting facilities and international competitions for young athletes in Hong Kong.  Outside of her professional interests, she enjoys travelling, reading, yoga, photography, scuba diving, shooting sports, and spending quality time with her family and three grown daughters.

Sonia Kulenkampff

Sonia is from New Zealand and worked for 14 years in the Diplomatic Corps representing her country in the Cook Islands, New York, Western Samoa, Hong Kong and South Korea.  She also lived in Germany for five years where she organised multicultural interaction seminars for internationally engaged German companies.

Since her return to Hong Kong in 2005 Sonia has been actively involved in the ICHK  community. She was Class Link Parent for many years, as well as Class Link Coordinator, at ICHK Primary.   Since 2009 she has been helping raise funds for ICHK through her organisation and running of the Tchibo Stall at the annual school fairs.

Sonia loves sport, travel, reading and writing.  She is currently an active player in the Hong Kong Ladies Tennis League.

Sonia is married to Andreas and has a son, Benjy, who started at Kindergarten in HLY,  and is currently in Year 13 at ICHK. She has been a member of the Board at ICHK Secondary since 2015.

Tracy Juels

Tracy Juels is the Father of Titan and Jonathan. Tracy grew up in a small farming community in rural Iowa, graduating high school  in a small class of 45. He then graduated from College with a BA in Mathematics and German, with an emphasis on Education.

He’s spent the past 27 years in aviation. He started as an Instructor, and now has almost 20 years with Major Airlines, Northwest (now Delta) and currently FedEx Express. During his career he and his family have been based in China, the Philippines, and now Hong Kong.

Tracy has always been interested in Education and is a great communicator. During his studies, he spent a semester in Germany furthering his language skills. He was also a substitute teacher for a couple of years while working on his aviation qualifications.

Strong work ethic is an extremely important trait for Tracy. Throughout his education and career, he has supported himself the entire time. He believes that keeping the student’s as well as the school’s best interests in mind are essential when making decisions. It is Tracy’s desire to uphold the ICHK values as a small community school with strong student and parent engagement.

In his spare time, he loves time with his family, staying fit with hiking, bicycling, golfing, snowboarding, and tennis just to name a few activities.

Tracy would like to express his gratitude to ICHK for allowing him to represent such a fantastic Educational Institution!

Eliza Wong

Eliza Wong has been working in education for the last 33 years and in 1997 she joined the family of Kingston International School as a Head Teacher. She was promoted to Kindergarten Principal in 2001, and by 2008, she took on the additional role of Primary School Principal at Kingston International School. In the latter half of that year, the School Board decided to promote Ms. Wong to the Head Principal position over both the Kindergarten and Primary Schools of Kingston. From 2009 onwards, she became a Board member of the International College of Hong Kong, the through-train high school division of Kingston International School.

Ms. Wong was heavily involved in the expansion of Kingston, as the demand for admission spots far exceeded its supply. Seeing the pressing need for expansion, she dedicated tremendous effort towards it and was rewarded when Kingston opened up its Lower Primary division in 2001 and its Upper Primary division in 2010 to allow more students to join the Kingston family. In regards to learning, Ms. Wong demonstrated great initiative in paving the way for the school’s further academic development by receiving training on the IBPYP curriculum, prior to establishing Kingston’s Primary School. In order to prepare herself for this step, she participated in numerous IB workshops and visited IB schools in various places such as Switzerland, Australia, Thailand, Shanghai, Beijing, Vietnam, India, and Singapore for academic exchange with the management levels. As for the linguistic aspect, she emphasized the need for a strong and solid Chinese curriculum on par with their English counterpart program to maintain a bilingual curriculum of the highest caliber across the international school stage in Hong Kong.

Jeff Coey

A native of Kansas City, USA, Jeff Coey has conducted business programs in the East Asian region since the 1980s, and has been resident in Taipei, Beijing and Hong Kong over that period. His experience in marketing and trade facilitation includes industry relations projects and government affairs consulting for the United States cotton industry, as well as undertaking branded retail campaigns.  He has worked in commodity trading in Hong Kong and China, and was charged with setting up office operations in Beijing.

Jeff now serves as regional Vice President of U.S. Wheat Associates, a technical servicing and trade promotion organization funded by wheat growers of the United States and supplemented with funding administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Between stints in business, Jeff also lectured for the Master’s degree program at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication.  Subjects taught included consumer behavior, intercultural communication, writing for public relations, issues management and crisis response.

A self-described “education enthusiast”, Jeff was a student of Chinese language and literature at Middlebury College and National Taiwan University.  He eventually graduated with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Chinese from the University of Kansas. He has also received an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, majoring in International Business and Marketing.

Jeff Coey is the father of two ICHK students, Breanna Clare, class of 2017 and Evan James, class of 2019, and husband of ICHK secondary Chinese teacher, Leah Tsao.

Sylvian Ho

Sylvian is a father of two daughters, with his eldest daughter studying in Year 10 at ICHK. Sylvian has received tertiary education in Hong Kong. With past experience working as a corporate secretarial officer, he has also worked as a senior accounting officer for over 10 years. He now works as a corporate secretarial officer in an international accounting firm.

Sylvian is an Associate Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries & the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in United Kingdom.

In early 2018, Sylvian joined the ICHK Secondary Board as a member of the Finance Committee.

Simon Ng

Simon Ng is married to Jane Lee and they have two children.  The family has been a part of the HLYIS/ ICHK community since 2006. Son Justin attended Hong Lok Yuen (Y2-Y6) and finished ICHK Secondary in 2017. Daughter Serena attended Hong Lok Yuen (Y1-Y6) and graduated from Year 13 in 2020.  Simon served on the Hong Lok Yuen Board of Governors from 2007 till 2014 and has joined ICHK Secondary School Board since 2013.

Born and bred in Hong Kong, Simon is a law academic with the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education, where he oversees courses of the prestigious University of London LLB programme, the oldest distance learning law degree in the world and the first formal law programme offered in Hong Kong.  He is also keen on advancing disability equality and inclusive education and has been working closely with a network of local and international experts on the cause.  Simon actively researches on and advocates disability equality and has given lectures/ training sessions in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.  He is particularly interested in maximizing possibilities, creating multiple pathways and making higher and continuing education more accessible and inclusive.  He has co-founded a charitable NGO to advance inclusive education and taken active part in promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and monitoring its implementation.

Simon loves reading, coffee, travels and walking/ running.  He enjoys brewing coffee family tea time at home. He is very fond of post boxes with royal cyphers, from VR to EIIR, and loves to take pictures and make records of them in Hong Kong, London and other parts of the UK.  He has joined a civil group helping to inspect and preserve old postboxes in Hong Kong.

Cath Wan

Cath has two children: a daughter in Year 9 at ICHK and a son in P6 at JIS. Cath is originally from the UK and has worked as a primary school educator in the UK, Japan and Hong Kong. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and is currently the IB Coordinator at the Japanese International School. She serves as a workshop leader and school evaluation visit team member for the International Baccalaureate. She has also collaborated with educators across Asia Pacific to produce teacher support materials focusing on transdisciplinary learning.

Cath’s first degree was in Music, and this has remained a passion. She has co-directed JIS whole school productions for the last 7 years and is a performing member of the Hong Kong taiko drumming group ‘Odaiko’.   It is through taiko that Cath discovered a love of physical challenges; she is an enthusiastic member of the JIS dragon boat team and has loved the sweaty collaboration involved in 2 JIS staff Spartan Race teams.

Simon Walton

Simon Walton is the Principal of the Japanese International School in Tai Po.

Simon was born in HK but grew up most of his life in U.K. Education through school and university was based in U.K.but the lure of Hong Kong meant returning to further his teaching career with the English Schools Foundation. Having worked in a variety of international schools in Hong Kong and also undertaken a post as an Advisory teacher across a range of schools he joined the International Section of JIS in 2007. The development of JIS has been linked directly to that of ICHK. Simon was involved in the development and planning of ICHK from the very beginning and remains an interested and active member of the school board.

Janine Davies

I have currently been living in Hong Kong for 3 years. I have the awful title of trailing spouse but a happy one at that. My husband Andy and I are both British born and raised but started our expat life together in Spain . We now have 3 children who have  lived in Belgium, Austria, Italy and now Hong Kong.

Raised by a family of shopkeepers, my career background was in retail management. I absolutely loved my career and took on any roles that meant I could travel as I have always loved variety. I worked for various large corporations on diverse projects and my strength was the ability to relate, in the business world, with all types of people which has been invaluable in our choice of expat lifestyle.

My last job in Italy was President of the International Womens club of Milan/Monza with 400+ women speaking 64 languages. It taught me 3 valuable life lessons, never judge a book by it’s cover and how success is measured by what you give, not receive but mostly how to be patient.

Since having children I have taken a very active role in the schools they have attended. I have previously been an active board member at both the Danube International school in Vienna and the International school of Monza in Italy.

As our 3 children all attend ICHK I am looking forward to being a member of the ICHK team and appreciate the opportunity to see the school grow. .

Derek Pinchbeck

Derek has been teaching for 30 years. Having begun his teaching career at an inner city school in the UK and he has been involved in international education since 1993. As well as Hong Kong Derek has worked in Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Italy, China and Singapore. In addition to his teaching and leadership roles in schools Derek is a global consultant for the IB and has presented at a number of international education conferences. Derek strongly believes that the purpose of education is to empower children to think and act creatively and ethically to improve the world for themselves and others. Derek enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the walking trails of Hong Kong, golfing very badly and playing squash.

 

Applications are now being taken for children born in 2018.

These will be for our Pre-Nursery classes starting in January 2021 and Nursery starting in August 2021.

Applications can be made here, or contact admissions@ichkhly.edu.hk